Half-time: Fulham 0 Preston 1

first_imgManagerless Fulham trailed at the break to Joe Garner’s early goal.Visitors Preston took full advantage of a tactical mismatch to gain the upper hand in the opening stages.Their wing-back system allowed them to exploit the lack of width in the Fulham side and a Daniel Johnson pass into the open channel created the first chance, with Eoin Doyle’s snapshot saved by Joe Lewis.But it took Preston only 11 minutes to go in front. A short corner routine led to Paul Gallagher’s cross, and Garner headed it in at the far post.Johnson drilled a shot wide as Preston continued to look threatening and it wasn’t until midway through the first half that Fulham awoke.Tom Cairney fired wide, Ross McCormack saw a shot blocked and Moussa Dembele’s curling effort was superbly tipped over by Jordan Pickford.Preston squandered an opportunity to double the lead late in the half when Garner nodded a cross into Doyle’s path, but he headed just wide.Fulham made three changes to the starting line-up, with Scott Parker making his first Fulham appearance in seven months after Sakari Mattila pulled out with a back injury in the warm-up.Tim Ream and James Husband were also brought back into the side, at the expense of Dan Burn and Luke Garbutt.Fulham: Lewis; Fredericks, Stearman, Ream, Husband; O’Hara; Parker, Kavanagh; Cairney; McCormack, Dembele. Subs: Rodak, Voser, Garbutt, Hutchinson, Pringle, Smith, Woodrow.Preston: Pickford; Clarke, Huntington, Cunningham; Vermijl, Browne, Gallagher, Johnson, Reach; Garner, Doyle. Subs: Kirkland, Davies, Kilkenny, Welsh, Hugill, Keane, May.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Potential biological control agents found for fungal diseases of soybean

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Viruses are everywhere. They affect all forms of life, from complex mammals down to the mere fungus. We may not give much thought to fungal viruses, or mycoviruses, but new research from the University of Illinois suggests they deserve a closer look.“There’s been a lot of work done with human and animal and plant viruses. There isn’t as much known about fungal viruses or insect viruses, because if they get infected with a virus, no one cares,” said Leslie Domier, U of I and USDA ARS virologist.It turns out there are good reasons to care about mycoviruses. Fungal diseases account for approximately 10% yield losses annually in corn and soybeans. When certain mycoviruses infect those fungi, they can become less virulent — good news for crop yields. These forms were the targets of a recent investigation by Domier and his colleagues.“In addition to viruses that make fungi less virulent, we were also looking for those that might be transmitted outside of the fungus the way a cold virus is transmitted, where you can pick it up off a surface without having direct contact with another person. Therefore, we were particularly interested in viruses that were encapsidated, or that formed virus particles,” Domier said.The team extracted genetic material, DNA and RNA, from five major types of plant-pathogenic fungi and used computers to search for genetic sequences that resembled those of known viruses.“We found a lot of sequences that were very similar to previously described fungal viruses, but we also found some encapsidated forms that were similar to plant viruses. Those were the ones we were most interested in, because they reduce fungal virulence and can be transmitted outside the fungus,” he said.This key combination may make it possible for these viruses to be used as biological control agents.“Some mycoviruses have been shown in laboratory or greenhouse studies to be very effective biocontrol agents,” Domier said.One day, the encapsidated forms they discovered may be sprinkled on a field to kill pathogenic fungi and improve soybean yield. Interestingly, the research could also improve medical treatment options for human fungal diseases.“The biochemical pathways in fungi are relatively close to humans, so it’s often difficult to find something that will kill a fungus and not damage the person. Ultimately, we are hoping to explore whether we can use mycoviruses to reduce the severity of human disease to the point where normal immune response could clear the disease from the body,” Domier said.The article, “Identification of diverse mycoviruses through metatranscriptomics characterization of the viromes of five major fungal plant pathogens,” is published in the Journal of Virology. The research was funded by the National Sclerotinia Initiative and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service.last_img read more

Wrestler Khali meets MP CM, says no to politics “as of now”

first_imgBhopal, Dec 11 (PTI) Dalip Singh Rana, better known as Great Khali in the World Wrestling Entertainments professional circuit, today said that he had no plans of joining politics “as of now”.Talking to reporters after meeting Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, he said, “I have no plans to join politics as of now, But cant say about future as the weather keeps changing from morning to evening.”Speaking about a proposed wrestling event in Madhya Pradesh, he said, “Chief Minister Chauhan is promoting sports in the state. Our meeting lasted for 15-20 minutes. On my proposal, he has assured all possible help in promoting wrestling in the state.”In reply to a question about the news reports of the impending marriage of cricketer Virat Kohli and actor Anushka Sharma, the wrestler expressed his best wishes for the couple.In reply to another question, Khali said that the reality show “Bigg Boss” was scripted and was not to be taken seriously but just as something to watch for enjoyment. PTI ADU BNM SDMlast_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid defender Varane: How can I complain about my Ballon d’Or place?

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid defender Varane: How can I complain about my Ballon d’Or place?by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid defender Raphael Varane had no problem with his placing in the Ballon d’Or vote.Varane finished seventh in this year’s running.He said, “It’s (Luka) Modric, a friend, who won. So I can only be very happy for him. “There are only great players in the race. If I had been told a few years ago that I would be disappointed if I did not have the Ballon d’Or, I’d have signed for that right away (laughs). “No, frankly, I cannot be disappointed because my year for 2018 was fantastic. And for me, the most beautiful reward, it is the comments of some people in the world of football which were expressed.” last_img read more

10 months ago​Wolves star Dendoncker relishing Prem test

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Wolves star Dendoncker relishing Prem testby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves midfielder Leander Dendoncker is enjoying life against the top teams.The newly promoted side have reserved their best showings for clashes against the “top six” in the Premier League.Their most recent scalp is the 2-1 FA Cup third round win over Liverpool at home.And Dendoncker is loving such occasions.”It’s great to play in the team, it helps to be on their side,” he said to the Express and Star.”I’m happy for the team, we will see what comes.”The whole team performed really well. We try to help each other a lot, that’s what we try to do every game.”It was a good team performance, the whole team worked a lot for the win.”We kept on going, even when they scored at 1-1.” last_img read more

10 days ago​BVB turn sights on Wolves midfielder Campbell

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​BVB turn sights on Wolves midfielder Campbellby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund are interested in signing Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Chem Campbell.Football Insidersays the German giants are eyeing the 16-year-old as one of the most promising talents in his age group.The Wales U17 star has not signed a contract renewal at Wolves, which means that he can move on for a modest fee in the winter or summer.He is eligible to sign pro terms when he turns 17, which is in December.The club will be hoping they can convince him to stay.However, Dortmund believe they can offer him a better path to the first team, which may be tempting for the teenager. last_img

Video: Penn State’s James Franklin Wears Easter Bunny Costume, Tackles Pinata

first_imgJames Franklin wears a bunny costume while tackling a piñata.James Franklin BunnyEaster Sunday is tomorrow, and Penn State head football coach James Franklin is hosting an event for children at his house. It features candy, possibly an egg hunt…and Franklin dressed up as the Easter Bunny.Yup, that’s correct. Franklin dressed up as the Easter Bunny and took down the pinata containing candy for all the party-goers. Instead of using a bat, he laid out and tackled the pinata. A 6’2″ and extremely competitive Easter bunny at @coachjfranklin‘s house? Yup, that checks out. pic.twitter.com/ISCItB4qgG— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) March 26, 2016Father, Coach, Friend, Loving Husband…Easter Bunny? @coachjfranklin #PSUnrivaled Happy Easter from Happy Valley pic.twitter.com/3iv9Y6Z02R— PJ Mullen (@psuPJ) March 26, 2016That’s an incredible sight. Not every day you see a Big Ten head coach in a furry costume tackling a pinata. [ Dr. Saturday ]last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Compared Today’s Camp At New Jersey Power Paramus Catholic To The Super Bowl

first_imgjim harbaugh paramus catholicTwitter/@Mark__SnyderParamus Catholic has been very kind to the Michigan football program. The New Jersey football power produced Michigan star Jabrill Peppers, as well as Rashan Gary, the No. 1 player in the class of 2016 and top Michigan signee. Today, Harbaugh’s never-ending satellite camp tour makes a high-profile stop at the school, and he did not hesitate to make a ridiculous comparison.Harbaugh moving with the mic, said he feels like he did going into the Super Bowl pic.twitter.com/Gv4Y0s5Yra— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) June 8, 2016Harbaugh coached in Super Bowl XLVII, where his San Francisco 49ers lost to his brother’s Baltimore Ravens, so technically ‘he would know.’ Never stop selling, Harbaugh.As for #HarbaughJerseyWatch, after rocking an Archie Manning jersey in Mississippi this morning, Harbaugh went with Derek Jeter this evening. Pretty appropriate for the greater New York City area.As he promised, Harbaugh with Jeter jersey pic.twitter.com/1eqhImhYww— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) June 8, 2016We’re not sure about the Super Bowl comparison, but if Harbaugh makes inroads with another Peppers or Gary, it will have been a day well spent for Michigan football.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:Predicting The Next 5 CFP Fields5 Reasons Jim Harbaugh Is Great For College FootballCollege Football’s 8 “Blue Bloods”last_img read more

2 Independent Ktaka MLAs seek to withdraw SC plea for forthwith floor

first_imgNew Delhi: Two Karnataka Independent MLAs on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court to allow them to withdraw their plea seeking its direction to the state assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar to conduct “forthwith” floor test on a trust motion moved by the H D Kumaraswamy government. The Congress-JD(S) coalition government on Tuesday lost the trust vote after a three-week-long power struggle. The counsel for the lawmakers R Shankar and and H Nagesh told a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose that the MLAs wanted to withdraw the petition as the floor test has been conducted in the Karnataka Assembly. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Where is Mukul Rohatgi (counsel for the lawmakers)? Where is A M Singhvi (counsel for the Speaker)?” the bench said. It said it will pass the order only in the presence of the senior counsel. On Tuesday, Speaker Kumar had told the court that voting on the trust motion was likely to be concluded by the evening. During voting that evening, the confidence motion moved by Kumaraswamy was defeated with 99 members voting for the motion and 105 against it a House with an effective strength of 205 members. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Twenty members, including the two Independent MLAs, skipped the proceedings. The Independent MLAs had moved the apex court, saying the state has plunged into a political crisis after they withdrew their support to the JD(S)-Congress government and 16 lawmakers of the ruling coalition tendered their resignations. “It is submitted that the trust vote is not being conducted despite the government being in minority. It is submitted that a minority government, which does not have the confidence of the majority, is being allowed to continue in office,” they said in their plea to the court. “The petitioners have been constrained to invoke the extraordinary jurisdiction of this court under Article 32 of the Constitution of India seeking a direction from this court to conduct a floor test forthwith in the Karnataka Assembly,” they added. The legislators had accused the government of taking advantage of the logjam and taking several executive decisions like transferring of police officers, IAS officers, other officials. Their petition was filed after Kumaraswamy and Karnataka state Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao had moved the top court, accusing Governor Vajubhai Vala of interfering with assembly proceedings during the debate on trust vote. Kumaraswamy and Rao had also sought a clarification of the July 17 order of the apex court by which the 15 rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs were granted relief that they cannot be compelled to participate in the assembly proceedings.last_img read more

Opinion Lack of medal in Sochi disappointing shows need for improvement for

US forward Joe Pavelski (left) and goalie Jonathan Quick greet each other following their loss to Finland in the men’s Bronze Medal hockey game at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 22. Finland defeated the US, 5-0.Courtesy of MCTIt wasn’t supposed to end this way, was it?That’s the question every U.S. hockey fan was asking themselves after the men’s team was shut out by Canada Friday and then Finland Saturday to depart Sochi empty-handed.After three awesome performances in Group A of the Olympic Games — highlighted by a shootout win over host Russia — the Americans overpowered the Czech Republic to reach the semifinals against the Canadians. Everything was going according to plan.Then it all changed: two losses, no goals scored and an overwhelming sense of unfulfilled expectations.First came the frustration of Friday’s game against Canada, where those pesky neighbors to the north played a nearly flawless game, nullifying that esteemed American attack to win 1-0. Less than 24 hours later, with the disappointment of the semifinal defeat still clear for all to see, the U.S. sleepwalked through a 5-0 loss against Finland in the bronze medal game.A promising Olympic adventure ended in failure, with not even a consolation prize to help ease the pain. The chance was there. They just couldn’t take it.All of this seems that much more dispiriting because of the team’s incredible run four years ago in Vancouver, one that seemed like a seminal moment in U.S. hockey. Here was a youthful American team standing toe-to-toe with everyone it faced, even beating Canada in group play before losing to the same opponents in the gold medal game. Those silver medals the players received were more than just a reward for their efforts, they represented the growth of the American player in the NHL, a talented player on par with those produced in any other country.Naturally, many people saw this year’s games as another stepping stone in the United States’ ascent to the top of the international hockey mountain.This was supposed to be another memorable journey — and for the most part it was — but the margin between success and victory at the top level proved to be thin, and instead of the heroic exploits of 2010, it was the thwarted glory of 2014.Though, when viewed through the lens of history, the fourth place finish isn’t entirely surprising. Team USA men’s hockey team has only won two gold medals (1960, 1980) and hasn’t made it to the Olympic podium in consecutive Olympics since that win in Squaw Valley in 1960. The entire men’s ice hockey competition is also somewhat unpredictable, with Finland being the only country to medal in it each of the last three Olympics (Sochi, Vancouver and Turin).But none of those facts makes the reversal in fortunes of this year’s American team any harder to swallow. Neither does seeing Canada breeze past Sweden to win back-to-back gold medals.In the end, Team USA was still a misplayed puck or a goaltending error away from the gold medal game, but the reality is that they didn’t do enough to get there.Hopefully we will look back on Sochi as an anomaly, a time when things just didn’t click into place for the Americans. Or we could see it as indicative of the improvement Team USA still needs to make. Either way, expectations will once again be high when the men in red, white and blue take to the ice in PyeongChang, South Korea, in four years time.I see no reason as to why things won’t be better, but the uncertain nature of Olympic hockey makes me hesitant to make any predictions. All I know is that if you see someone watching the games with a look of pained anticipation, it will be me. I wouldn’t have it any other way. read more